Business Entities

News & Notices, Customer Alerts and Processing Times

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  • Get the current processing times for Business Entities and determine which method of submission meets your needs.

Online Processing

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The required Statement of Information for most corporations can be submitted electronically and is processed generally in one business day. A free PDF copy of the filed Statement of Information will be returned electronically following confirmation of payment, if an email address is provided at the time of submission. Additional plain copies and certified copies may be requested at a later time by mail or in person (drop off). Refer to Information Requests for information about obtaining additional copies.


Note: Statements of Information for limited liability companies and common interest developments must be submitted on paper, by mail or in person (drop off), at this time. 

The Business Entities Section of the Secretary of State’s office processes filings, maintains records and provides information to the public relating to business entities (corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships and other business filings).

  • Service Options: Options for online searches and filings, document processing and information requests (for certificates, copies and status reports)
  • Name Availability: Corporation, limited liability company and limited partnership name availability inquiries and reservations
  • Forms, Samples & Fees: Forms, document samples and associated fees
  • Statements of Information (annual/biennial reports): Corporation and limited liability company statements of information, common interest development association statements and publicly traded disclosure statements
  • Filing Tips: Tips for filing most corporation, limited liability company and limited partnership documents
  • Information Requests: Orders for certificates, copies and status reports
  • Service of Process: Substituted service of process
  • FAQs: Answers to the most frequently asked business entity questions
  • Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund: Restitution to victims of corporate fraud

General provisions governing most business entities are found in the California Corporations Code.